Away from media hyperbole and anecdotal news of the impact, we have put together a special release of AustraliaNOW that is free for all to access.
If you are not aware, AustraliaNOW is our weekly tracker of our society’s shifting thoughts, feelings and opinions throughout the COVID-19 crisis. To date we have conducted over 20,000 surveys since the pandemic broke.
Since the start of the crisis, we have observed very little difference in the mood across states and territories. This week is the start of a new trend.
– As the pace of change picks up again and parts of Australia face a return to lockdown, we are a nation on alert.
– News of a second wave of cases in Melbourne caused an increase in concerns about the economy, and the ensuing lockdown of high risk postcodes shifted our focus back towards mental health.
– For the rest of the nation, this second wave of cases in Victoria builds on the gradually more widespread realisation that the journey out of COVID-19 might not be as predictable or as within reach as we first thought.
– There is now additional uncertainty around whether there could be a series of waves, leading Australians to put spending on hold and look to governments to provide leadership.
You can find more information on the headlines of this week’s research below.